So, I am back home in the UK again after living in Copenhagen for a year! I flew out there on 4th January 2018 and I flew home on 21st December 2018, just in time for Christmas.
Living in Denmark was such an incredible time of my life. It was scary and it was very much outside my comfort zone… but I am so glad I did it and have no regrets about moving over there.
The chance to move to Denmark came at a very good time for me – a secondment at the headquarters of Coloplast. It had only been about 7 months that I had been an official employee for Coloplast UK (previous to that I had been consulting for them since 2012, but finally in 2017 I had managed to get a full-time role). The opportunity of the secondment was first brought to me a week after I had told my boss that my husband and I had split up. It sounds silly, but it sort of felt like this was fate or destiny or some kind of message from the universe to say “this is your chance to get some distance – take it!”
So I did.
I flew out on 4th January, and it was a terrifying yet exciting feeling… and I loved every moment of it.
What was it like?
I lived in an apartment in Nørrebro which I absolutely loved. It was so easy to get the 5C bus to Nørreport Station, and then the train to Humlebæk or Kokkedal, depending on what time I got there (if I got the earlier train, I’d go to Humlebæk and jump on the bus that could take me straight to Coloplast).
The job itself was really interesting but intense, and not something I could probably do as a full time career. It was a role in internal communications within Corporate Communications, where I did a lot of writing. I also had to speak to a lot of different people, which was both interesting and a little overwhelming. I’m not the best when it comes to interacting with people, and while everyone was lovely, it’s absolutely exhausting for me to constantly talk to people or have to speak to them face-to-face.
Knowing that it was just a secondment that would eventually end, I felt like I could manage it, but I really was working at 100% and had to totally crash on evenings and weekends. If I had done that role for longer than a year, I’d have burnt myself out completely.
Now, I’m back home and I can go back to what I had only just really started doing properly – a role within the Digital Marketing team. I also want to do more around ostomy & IBD awareness, as I’ve been pretty quiet over the last couple of years around that and I feel like it’s important to be present and encourage new ostomates to empower themselves and to educate themselves around what is available to them, not just in terms of products but in terms of access to healthcare.
But for now… I’m going to enjoy being back with my friends and family, and adjust back into living in the UK again.